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'''Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet''', (14 November 1797 – 22 February 1875) was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of ''Principles of Geology'', which popularized James Hutton's concepts of Uniformitarianism (science)|uniformitarianism—the idea that the Earth was shaped by the same processes still in operation today. ''Principles of Geology'' also challenged theories popularized by Georges Cuvier, which were the most accepted and circulated ideas about geology in England at the time.Cannon, Walter F. "The impact of uniformitarianism: two letters from John Herschel to Charles Lyell, 1836–1837." Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (1961): 301–314. His scientific contributions included an explanation of earthquakes, the theory of gradual "backed up-building" of volcanoes, and in stratigraphy the division of the...
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Birth placeKinnordy, Angus, Scotland
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Death placeHarley Street, London, England
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ReligionDeist{{cite book|title=The Young Charles Darwin |year=2009 |publisher= Yale University Press|isbn=9780300136081|author=Keith Stewart Thomson |page=109|quote=In his religious views, Lyell was essentially a deist, holding the position that God had originally created the world and life on it, and then had allowed nature to operate according to its own (God-given) natural laws, rather than constantly intervening to direct and shape the course of all history.}}-->
FieldGeology
Work institutionsKing's College London
Alma materExeter College, Oxford
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